Meaning of EVIL in English

EVIL

I. adjective

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

an evil spell

The people still believe in evil spells.

evil deed

She tried to strangle her baby and her lover helped her finish the evil deed .

good and evil

the struggle between good and evil

the root of all evil

The love of money is the root of all evil .

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

day

It culminates in Athens, just when Athens too was falling upon evil days .

deed

Endued with evenness of mind, one casts off in this very life both good deeds and evil deeds.

It was Ariel who tortured Antonio and the king with visions that made them repent their evil deeds .

empire

Just the thing to bring down the evil empire .

eye

It can nullify the evil eye .

They avoided our glances as if we might bestow the evil eye .

force

Zarathustra interpreted the struggle between good and evil forces in ethical terms, and he believed that it pervaded the whole universe.

Are they evil , or does an evil force temporarily inhabit their soul?

True, they are playing with great danger, but they may never really experience communion with the evil force behind astrology.

KineHUHre is used as a verbal device similar to knocking on wood to ward off evil forces .

Yet the artists engaged in these works were in no mood to present the barbarians as the incarnation of evil forces .

He was just temporarily subjugated by an evil force .

The 1950s language of good and evil forces , of worldwide pacts, bases and influence is their natural speech.

Ahab feels then that he must destroy these evil forces in order to survive as a free man.

man

Mr. Beck is an evil man .

But Hoxey is man evil man, Father.

Are we good or evil men ?

He did not consider himself an evil man .

He is an evil man , bad, very bad.

Did I mention that the Princess's brother is really quite an evil man ?

Ben takes you there and he brings you back, but there are the in-between times, and evil men are clever.

If once Odysseus got home those evil men would have a short shrift and a bitter end.

power

The acceptance of these gifts would keep the child safe from evil powers for life.

Balor had two eyes, one being invested with so much evil power that it took four men to lift the eye-lid.

He told the woman she was a witch and was holding her husband under a strange and evil power .

spirit

He healed the sick, raised the dead, exercised authority over the evil spirits and forgave sins.

Two green glazed lions guarded the gates to keep evil spirits at bay.

Firstly, it is not the case that the evil spirits of the New Testament are remotely similar to animist spirits.

Ancient evil spirits went by a new name.

It was commonly believed that some evil spirits lost their strength in daylight.

Blake was skeptical, wondering if it were really an evil spirit .

The demonic figures wearing ugly masks and straw and brushwood clothes are intended to scare away evil spirits .

They crack cart whips to drive away evil spirits .

things

He has done evil things , but to me he is still the little boy I loved and cared for.

Power does strange and evil things .

Telling me the strangest things sometimes, evil things - till I want to shout out or smash them to pieces.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

the forces of good/evil etc

At the core of Hampden Babylon is a titanic struggle between the forces of good and evil.

It could fight the forces of evil.

It is an age-old heresy to see the world as a battleground between the forces of good and evil.

It will be a struggle between your hero and whatever associates he may have and the forces of evil opposed to him.

Now he's restating his submission to the Bara Bhai and the forces of good.

Television is therefore seen to be taking the moral high ground, the side of the punter against the forces of evil.

the powers of good/evil/darkness

May we seek to develop the powers of good that lie within us.

So close to the powers of evil she must have lived that she still breathed more freely in their air.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

In the movie, the hero has to rescue the world from an evil scientist.

Sue says that TV talk shows are evil .

There's an evil smell coming from the fridge.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Blake was skeptical, wondering if it were really an evil spirit.

Or did evil Uncle Humbert destroy it, because under the law he would then get a piece of the action?

The dark, evil , beautiful one.

The eyes of the lynch mob were uncomprehendingly evil .

What I and my friends put down to evil witchcraft, my enemies are likely to attribute to incompetence or bad management.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

great

This great evil is rooted in systematic injustice.

lesser

While not particularly welcome, the black knight is considered the lesser of two evils .

So people go to the polls convinced their only choice is the lesser of two evils .

Here reasoned choice between lesser evils was the course which brought the least ill on humanity.

If it comes to the crunch, going in would seem to me the lesser evil .

It isn't the perfect way; it remains horrible, but the lesser of many evils .

At least they chose the lesser of two evils , but even so Tank managed to create havoc.

In a continent where economic successes are rare, authoritarianism may seem a lesser evil than abject poverty.

necessary

If necessary one evil will fight with another in order to advantage itself.

However, the authors, like most others then and now, saw those shortcomings as a necessary evil in maintaining control.

They viewed such methods as a necessary evil , unavoidable yet somehow beneath their dignity.

Lawyers are a necessary evil that I try to use as little as possible due to their cost.

Mr Waldegrave's shambolic performance in the press conference was a necessary evil .

It may be a necessary evil , but it is surely an evil.

They're a necessary evil , like the woman who sawed off all my lovely hair.

We do not look at government as a necessary evil .

social

It is from closed minds that so many social evils flow.

Is it because Nancy has been hospitalized or are smack and crack no longer regarded as social evils numbers one and two?

There is no overtly political comment, and hardly any mention of social evils such as racism and sexism.

Country sports are not social evils .

Redundancy is not a social evil .

That as the State withered away, so would sexism, racism and all other unpleasant social evils .

Just as the slums, squalor and muddle of towns and cities could be overcome by planning, so could social evils .

Overtime Overtime is a business disease and a social evil Throwing money at a problem is the most ineffective form of management.

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a necessary evil

I, for one, consider yard work to be a necessary evil.

Bureaucracy was also a necessary evil to cope with the ravages of war.

However, the authors, like most others then and now, saw those shortcomings as a necessary evil in maintaining control.

It may be a necessary evil, but it is surely an evil.

Lawyers are a necessary evil that I try to use as little as possible due to their cost.

Mr Waldegrave's shambolic performance in the press conference was a necessary evil.

They're a necessary evil, like the woman who sawed off all my lovely hair.

They viewed such methods as a necessary evil, unavoidable yet somehow beneath their dignity.

We do not look at government as a necessary evil.

be evil/beauty/greed etc incarnate

the forces of good/evil etc

At the core of Hampden Babylon is a titanic struggle between the forces of good and evil.

It could fight the forces of evil.

It is an age-old heresy to see the world as a battleground between the forces of good and evil.

It will be a struggle between your hero and whatever associates he may have and the forces of evil opposed to him.

Now he's restating his submission to the Bara Bhai and the forces of good.

Television is therefore seen to be taking the moral high ground, the side of the punter against the forces of evil.

the lesser evil

Celibacy is, at best, the lesser evil; by no means is it regarded as a panacea.

If it comes to the crunch, going in would seem to me the lesser evil.

the lesser of two evils

At least they chose the lesser of two evils, but even so Tank managed to create havoc.

Mansfield saw the difficulty in reconciling the two principles, but thought that certainty was the lesser of two evils.

So people go to the polls convinced their only choice is the lesser of two evils.

They regarded the ditching of a widely respected Chancellor, in somewhat undignified circumstances, as the lesser of two evils.

While not particularly welcome, the black knight is considered the lesser of two evils.

the powers of good/evil/darkness

May we seek to develop the powers of good that lie within us.

So close to the powers of evil she must have lived that she still breathed more freely in their air.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Dad gave us a lecture on the evils of smoking.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

His songs were melancholy pictures of life and love and the evils of the consumer revolution.

I could not understand why men who knew all about good and evil could hate and kill each other.

In his speech, he said that the white man is the cause of all evil .

Johnson: Moral evil is occasioned by free will, which implies choice between good and evil.

Only 14 days for the seven years to be increased to the sentence that fits his crimes and his evil - life.

Posidonius considered the chattel-slavery of his time an evil .

Wars, revolutions, crimes all the evils that beset mankind could be traced to them.

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